1960s in LGBT Rights

Number of LGBT-related laws changed over time
  • January 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Requires social and physical requirements.
  • July 19
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legal since 2003 after removal of sodamy from the criminal code. Although there is vigilante justice does occur. No discrimination protection in Iraq.
  • Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Even though Iraq's Criminal Code doesn't mention homosexuality in its penal code, Articles such as 400 in the penal code can be used against LGBT community.
  • June 27
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Criminal Law Amendment Act (Canada) 1968-1969.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Introduced by Pierre Trudeau in the omnibus bill The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.
  • May 21
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Even though gay male sex was illegal for all ages, section 14 of the Immorality Act 23 of 1957, as inserted by the Immorality Amendment Act 57 of 1969, set the age of consent for gay male sex at 19, as opposed to 16 for straight sex. There was no age of consent for lesbian sex.
  • May 14
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Bill C-150 decriminalized consensual anal intercourse done in private between two adults over 21 everywhere in Canada
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Canada decriminalizes homosexuality with the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.
  • January 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes n/a.
    legal under federal army. legal since
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    legal under federal army. legal since
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    under the criminal law amendment act.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    under Atterny general Pierre Trudeau and justice minster. it is under the Criminal Law Amendment Act.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    was decriminalized under the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1968-1969
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Set age of Consent for heterosexual and lgbt people.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    According to the Iraq Penal Code of 1969, the age of consent is 18, however, this only applies to heterosexual sex.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    East Germany decriminalized homosexual behavior in 1968, West Germany followed suit in 1969.
  • October 12
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No current discrimination protections whatsoever.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is legal for both male and female
  • September 6
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No laws for same sex couples.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
  • May 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • November 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No laws making it illegal or having constitutional law making it illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Six months to 5 years in prison and a fine of 20,000-200,000 CFA.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or 200,000 franc fine.
  • July 27
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Age of consent equalised on November 20th 2000
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    **LEGAL, WITH RESTRICTIONS** The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 legalized sexual acts between two men who were 21 or older (Excluding men serving in the military), but it placed new restrictions on sex for men who have sex with men. The act prohibited sex in places where a third party was likely to be present.
  • June 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Legalization pending.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Although homosexuality is legal, any homosexual act with any person under the age of 21 is illegal.
  • January 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes step-child adoption only.
    Since 2016. some courts have recognized foreign joint adoption. Gay adoption legalizing pending.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16. *Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16. *Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 explicitly made serving in the military as an openly gay/bi man illegal. Prior to this act, it was illegal for a man to have sex with another man entirely, and therefore, it was also illegal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • (date unknown)
    Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    The couple applying for adoption must be a married, different sex couple. Custody has been granted to a same-sex parent on the basis of the "child's best interest," but this is very rare.
  • October 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No constitutional ban or laws making it illegal. Just recently got removed.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    No other laws in place.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    Single males and same-sex couples cannot adopt
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The common law definition of marriage is “a union of one man with one woman, to the exclusion, while it lasts, of all others”
  • July 8
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    No Ban on LGBT people Serving here.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • June 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Activists are trying to get this legalized.
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Under Article 388 of the Algerian Criminal Code. As well homosexuality is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Two months to two years in prison and fine. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is legal, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identities are permitted
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    All Homosexual Activity is outlawed.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    "Any person guilty of a homosexual act shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of between two months and two years..."
  • February 1
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    None exist in the criminal code. Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    One to two years in prison. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not recognized especially since homosexuality is illegal
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexual conduct is illegal, discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation or gender identity is legal under the law.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 319 is punishable by imprisonment of 1 to 5 years.
  • August 9
    Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    criminalized.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes illegal.
    A trans individual does not currently have the right to change their legal gender. A recent court ruling in favour of allowing trans women to wear female clothing was overturned by a federal court. The date reference is the date Singapore separated from Malaysia, making it the country it is today.
  • November 17
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Since 1983. Missing non binary options on documents.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
  • June 10
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 7 years in prison. Not enforced. President is trying to get it decriminalized. Decriminalization pending. Botswanian high court currently debating to decriminalize homosexuality or not.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Fine; up to seven years imprisonment. Although same-sex sexual acts remain illegal, their prosecution is rare according to a 2004 publication.
  • April 25
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections what soever.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is Taboo.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • April 22
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    None exist according to the 2016 ILGA lgbt rights report.
  • January 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No countries in South Africa still have constitutional bans on gay marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Marriage act passed in 1964 implies that a marriage is between a man and a woman.
  • May 31
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Same sex marriage is not recognized in Gabon
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • December 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No laws making it illegal. Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    3 months to 3 years. Illegal as part of the british protectorate. Not enforced. legal in Somaliland.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Government just formed. One of the many countries that do not put on pride parade. As well the intense discrimination which make it impossible to improve conditions in Somalia or Somaliland.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 409 of the Somali Penal Code, 1973, mentions that sexual intercourse with a partner of same sex is punishable, and may result in an imprisonment for 3 months to 3 years. But, in some Southern regions of Somalia, certain Islamic courts have imposed a death penalty for this, abiding by the Sharia law. In case of non serious offence, this reduces by one third.
  • November 26
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    six months to 3 years in prison and fine.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Article 489 punishes same sex behaviour by 6 months imprisonment and a fine of 200 to 1000 dirhams
  • August 16
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • August 6
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there. A cop in Jamaica said that conditions for lgbt were improving.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    People are being killed for being perceived gay.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protection exists for LGBTQ+ individuals
  • June 15
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Under Provincial protection and Federal protection including Bill C-16.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Ontario's Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination and harassment because of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in housing, contracts, employment, goods, services, facilities, and membership in unions or professional associations. The Code is enforced by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Ontario's Human Rights Code states that every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination or harassment because of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. The Code is enforced by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
  • June 1
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Legislative repeal, effective 1962. First state to repeal sodomy law.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1962.
  • August 3
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    5-7 years in prison under the crime of sodomy. Not enforced.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 5 years in prison under the crime of sodomy. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • (date unknown)
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Up to 5 years prison
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality was legalized in the former Czekoslovania.
  • September 22
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections exist.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections exist.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    The date is the date at which Mali became indepedent
  • August 3
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    there is no ban but intense discrimination.
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes ambiguous.
    There are no explicits bans on service by LGBT citizens, but intense discrimination discourages openness in this area.
  • June 30
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
  • June 2
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No country in the middle east have constitutional or statue law banning gay marriage.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    fine and up to 6 years in prison. Not enforced.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal there. Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to 7 years. If the offender is an adult (>21) male who has sex with an individual less than 21 years old, imprisonment of up to 10 years.
  • January 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No laws making it illegal or bans on this. As well Homosexuality is illegal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    Up to 3 years in prison. Not enforced. information from lgbt silk map. as well as from HRW. Decriminalization pending.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Same sex marriage is not recognized in Ghana
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    As homosexuality is illegal, there are no legal protections
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    If the person is of 16 years or older and has consent, imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. If the person does not have consent, from 5 to 25 years.